Schools Rewrite Humanity Quietly and Children Face the Consequences


Have you seen this story, out of Georgia (via Rod Dreher)?

City Schools of Decatur parent Pascha Thomas claims her daughter, known by the initials N.T. in public documents, was sexually assaulted last year by a male classmate in an Oakhurst Elementary School girls’ restroom. Thomas said her 5-year-old daughter complained of vaginal pain the evening of Nov. 16, 2017. When Thomas asked more, the girl said she was leaving a restroom stall when a little boy in her class came in, pinned her against the stall, and groped her genitals with his hands. She said she tried to get away and called for help, but no one came.

When Thomas reported the assault to school officials the next morning, they responded with “deliberate indifference” toward the assault and the victim, according to the complaint. Despite Thomas’ efforts to ensure justice for her daughter over the following weeks, she said, the school failed to conduct a meaningful investigation, discipline the alleged assailant, remove the child from N.T.’s class or ensure he would not use the girl’s restroom again, or offer any assurance of protection or psychological counseling for N.T.

At a meeting in December, the school informed Thomas the boy identified as “gender fluid” and was allowed to use the girls’ restroom per a districtwide policy opening restrooms and locker rooms to students based on their gender identity.

As the corresponding video notes, Thomas says the school district didn’t stop at “deliberate indifference,” but actually called the state agency charged with investigating child abuse.  That agency paid the family a visit as and investigated the Thomas, herself.

Another point of emphasis is how little involvement parents had it the development and implementation of this policy.  How many Rhode Island parents, do you think, know that our state’s approach to the transgender issue is to assume that government employees are on (at least) an equal footing with parents when raising children and, by the high school level, should be tasked with identifying transgender feelings and helping students hide them from their parents?

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I suppose that this is an “unintended consequence” and entirely unpredictable. Does seem odd among 5 year olds, doesn’t it?

  • Merle The Monster

    So you’re willing to take the word of 5 year old N.T. , but not 51 years old Blasey Ford or 53 years old Deborah Ramirez.

    • ShannonEntropy

      If N.T. had waited 36 yrs to make her complaint then, yeah, I prolly wouldn’t believe her

  • Joe Smith

    Well, not quite Merle’s point but the District does contend they have no evidence the physical abuse the medical evidence supports was inflicted in the manner claimed by the parents.

    As such, by *law*, they were required to report the evidence/claim of abuse to the state and the state law/protocols necessitate a broader investigation to include – no surprise – the child’s home. So I think we should be careful in hinting it’s retribution by the district.

    Having said that, the parents did the right thing by filing an OCR and lawsuit and holding the district accountable to back up their claim the incident did not take place. It’s also standard to move the child – or the perpetrator *if* reasonable evidence exists – away from each other during the investigation. Let’s see how the process plays out before jumping to a specific conclusion other than the facts seem to show something happened to the girl.

    Please Justin – the guidance was rescinded by Trump’s administration and even though RI hasn’t followed, it’s still *guidance.” The policy basically says “follow Federal and state laws (FERPA, Discrimination, Bullying) and then uses *should* (not must) in most other parts not dictated by law. The one exception is the use of bathrooms/locker rooms where students *may* use the one corresponding to their gender, not sex – but even then it suggests working through various accommodations for both the gender questioning student and then those of the non-questioning students who have concerns.

    When it comes to the “equal footing”, the language for informing parents is must for young and then *should* for older (meaning a district is not going to be penalized for notifying parents) – the standard for older students is “best interest of the student.” I suppose if you are of the opinion that in *no* circumstance would informing a parent of something a teenagers shares at school ever harm a child, then I guess you would err on “must” for all minors.

    If you want to talk about sports, then that’s an area perhaps you should focus your attention. The policy set by RIIL regading transgender athletic participation is done by *unelected*, unaccountable people with no oversight by the state, school boards, or general public (RIIL is not subject to APRA by recent AG decision). Here’s a body that make decisions impacting taxpayers, parents, and students that has granted itself (and the roots go back to the catholic private schools) a monopoly with no accountability other than the nuclear option of a school board defunding its own school’s athletics – which of course it would never do – as there is no alternative for public schools.

    I don’t think you or other good government watchdogs have ever brought up that point.

    • Justin Katz

      Rescinded “guidance” it may have been that set the ball in motion, but the fact is that Rhode Island currently has this policy across its school districts, after pressure from the state Dept. of Education and the ACLU.

      In my view, the Georgia story is only partly about the incident, itself. Most significance is the question of trust. The parents in the video reacted to the way it was implemented, and the mother of the girl who says she was assaulted did not trust that the school wasn’t targeting her. Similarly, I wouldn’t trust our government school system not to attempt to indoctrinate my children (or, more mildly, to facilitate a school culture that encourages their indoctrination by peers) and then help them lie to me about it.

      This distrust is reinforced by language in Rhode Island’s policy calls for counselling (read, “reeducation”) of any students who are uncomfortable with the transgender bathroom-sharing.

      • Joe Smith

        Hmm..since it’s guidance (except the one *must*), then implementation and policy remain at the local level. You’re painting a broad brush for every local districts; I wouldn’t say examples of hundreds of pedophile, vow-breaking priests and dozens of apologist church leaders who put their interests over their flock represent the majority of the Catholic church clergy.

        After all, how many examples can you cite of a high school withholding information from parents related to a student’s gender identity?

        Last I checked, the Decatur school board was elected by members of the community, who can easily vote them out – same with most (Providence is appointed?) local RI districts. Of course, charter schools – the independent ones are not elected nor required to have representation from their sending communities’ elected officials so I guess they are an exception.

        So if the point is to trust the non-public schools over publics, I suppose the fact most of the catholic ones at the middle and high school level sell out their church’s teaching in order to participate in athletics sends a consistent message as well? After all, Pope Francis’ guidance is that ‘the young need to be helped to accept their own body as it was created.’”

        Err, is that policy or guidance as those RI catholic schools that have opted to participate in RIIL (which is run by a LaSalle grad and has 3 catholic principals on its board) and RIIL policy clearly *mandates* school’s honor gender identity over their created sex. Hmm..doesn’t LaSalle state its mission is to “develop students morally in a Catholic environment” But wait, RIIL isn’t accountable to any elected officials – it isn’t even considered a public body.

        Maybe I made your point – those catholic private schools actually don’t attempt to indoctrinate students in the manner they state..

        • Mike678

          It’s a lot easier for parents to change which private school or charter school is best for their children than change the makeup of a public school board…